The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Dominik Uher, to a three-year entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Uher was drafted by the Penguins in the fifth round (144 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. The deal begins with the 2012-13 season and runs through the 2014-15 campaign.
The 6-foot, 195-pound forward has produced 58 goals and 144 points in 181 regular-season games with Spokane from 2009-2012. He contributed 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 36 postseason contests with the Chiefs.
The native of Ostvava, Czech Republic represented his country at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championships in December, notching three points (one goal, two assists) in six games during the tournament.
Good signing. Is he projected to be a third liner?
Kennedy replacement, although he wouldn't solve the problem of Kennedy being undersized / easy to knock around in the playoffs unless he "plays big". However he might be more skilled based on the numbers.
I think the Talbot comparison is probably closest to the type of impact he can have. Good 3rd or very good 4th liner who can step up on occasion and play special teams. He seems to have decent inherent skill, and great hustle to his game. Doesn't have the great speed of Vitale, but is a better skater than Talbot.
He'll play at least 2, maybe 3 full seasons in WBS, and has the chance to be a top-6 forward at the AHL level, and therefore should have a solid impact in WBS over the next few years.